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Written on the Wind (1956)
Kyle Hadley: To beauty, to truthwhich is anything but beautiful.
As I told you was happening back in November today Criterion has put this, arguably Douglas Sirk's most entertaining film, out onto blu-ray at last -- you can pick it up right here at this link. This is an upgrade -- they had previously put it out on DVD -- but clearly worth it, given the technicolor boom of this flick; it pops like fireworks.
And I'm not just talking about Dorothy Malone's outrageous Oscar-winning performance. (But on that note this is definitely a Top 5 Oscar statue for me, mostly because I can't believe it happened -- love it when they embrace something this bold.) Anyway if you need a reminder of all the fancy special features on the new Criterion disc I've got them right on after the jump for you...
• New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
• Acting for Douglas Sirk, a 2008 documentary featuring archival interviews with Sirk; actors Rock Hudson, Robert Stack, and Dorothy Malone; and producer Albert Zugsmith
• New interview with film scholar Patricia White about the film and melodrama
• English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
• PLUS: An essay by filmmaker and critic Blair McClendon
1956 • 99 MINUTES • COLOR • MONAURAL • 1.85:1 ASPECT RATIO